Definition of work someone over in US English:

work someone over

phrasal verb

  • Treat someone with violence; beat someone severely.

    ‘the cops had worked him over a little just for the fun of it’
    • ‘Any time life works us over to the degree that we experience combined physical and mental pain (usually stemming from some kind of loss), we are in the realm of alchemy.’
    • ‘She looks like she might attack again along with my buddy who just worked me over.’
    • ‘Back in the ring Adam is working Dave over something terrible.’
    • ‘It looked like someone had worked him over to get him to say what they wanted him to say.’
    • ‘They can work you over in an alley while singing an opera.’
    beat up, beat, attack, assault, knock about, knock around, maltreat, mistreat, abuse, batter, manhandle
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